Take Back Your Life, Recovering From Cults and Abusive Relationships, Janja Lalich & Madeleine Tobias, 1992, 1997

Terror, Love & Brainwashing, Attachment in Cults and Totalitarian Systems, Alexandra Stein, 2017

Traumatic Narcissism: Relational Systems of Subjugation , Dan Shaw, 2014.

The Guru Papers, Masks of Authoritarian Power, Joel Kramer & Diana Alstsad, 1993

Cults in Our Midst by Margaret Singer, 1995

The Cult of Trump , Steven Hassan, 2019

Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism , Robert Jay Lifton, 1961, 1989

Soul Snatchers, The Mechanics of Cults, Jean-Marie Abgrall, 2000


Wild Wild Country , Bhagwan Rajneesh and his cult. On Netflix, 2018

The Vow , , documentary series following a number of people deeply involved in the self-improvement group NXIVM over the course of several years. The Vow is a story of indoctrination and the step-by-step journey of NXIVM members defecting and outing Keith Reniere. The series takes a deep, nuanced look at the NXIVM organization, which faced seven federal charges, including sex trafficking and racketeering conspiracy, against its highest members and most notably founder Raniere was sentenced to 120 years in prison.

Seduced, Inside the NXIVM Cult, On STARZ. Features India Oxenberg as she grapples to make sense of her experience in NXIVM.

Holy Hell

Heaven’s Gate: The Cult of Cults

Coercive Control and Influence

  • Coercive Control, How Men Entrap Women in Personal Life, Evan Stark 2007
  • Gaslighting, Recognize Manipulative and Emotionally Abusive People and Break Free , Stephanie Moulton Sarkis, 2018
  • Should I Stay or Should I Go? A Guide to Knowing if Your Relationship Can -- and Should -- Be Saved Lundy Bancroft and Jac Patrissi, 2011
  • Why Does He Do That? Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men Lundy Bancroft, 2002


  • Ambiguous Loss, Learning to Live with Unresolved Grief , Pauline Boss, 1999
  • On Death and Dying, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, 1969
  • The Loss That Is Forever, The Lifelong Impact of the Early Death of a Mother or Father, Maxine Harris, 1996
  • Motherless Daughters, The Legacy of Loss , Hope Edelman, 1994, 2014
  • Motherless Mothers, How Mother Loss Shapes the Parents We Become, Hope Edelman, 2006
  • Lessons of Loss, a Guide to Coping, Robert Neimeyer, 2016


  • Trauma and Recovery, The Aftermath of Violence -- From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror , Judith Herman, 1992
  • The Body Keeps the Score, Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma , Bessel Van Der Kolk, 2014
  • Blind to Betrayal, Why We Fool Ourselves, We Aren't Being Fooled , Jennifer Freyd and Pamela Birrel, 2013
  • Betrayal Trauma, Jennifer Freyd, 1996
  • Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors, Janina Fisher, 2017
  • Transforming the Living Legacy of Trauma, A Workbook for Survivors and Therapists, Janina Fisher, 2020


          Women Rowing North:  Navigating Life's Currents and Flourishing as We Age, Mary Pipher, 2019

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